The United States males’s nationwide soccer workforce certified for the 2024 Copa America on Monday evening regardless of a 2-1 loss to host Trinidad and Tobago through which American proper again Sergiño Dest was despatched off for what coach Gregg Berhalter known as a “dumb mistake.”
Coming into the sport — which additionally served as a quarterfinal matchup within the Concacaf Nations League — up 3-0 on mixture following a win on Thursday, the U.S. took full management within the twenty fifth minute on a purpose from Antonee Robinson.
It gave the impression to be clear crusing from there, with Trinidad and Tobago needing to outscore the U.S. by 5 objectives to flip the end result. However 14 minutes later, Dest picked up one of the vital inexplicable crimson playing cards in U.S. nationwide workforce historical past.
Seemingly upset with an officiating determination from moments earlier, Dest first punted the ball into the stands. To the dismay of teammates round him, most notably Giovanni Reyna, Dest continued to have phrases with the referee, incomes a crimson card through a second yellow.
“It’s regarding as a result of that is not what we wish to symbolize,” Berhalter stated. “That is not who we’re as a bunch. We satisfaction ourselves in staying mentally disciplined, battling by any sort of circumstances, whether or not they’re good selections or unhealthy selections. We’re supposed to maintain going and reply in an acceptable approach, and that clearly wasn’t the appropriate response from Sergino.”
The U.S. went on to see out the match with 10 gamers, successful 4-2 on mixture regardless of shedding the second leg. Dest apologized to teammates and followers on Instagram following the match.
After choosing up a crimson card earlier this 12 months in opposition to Mexico within the Nations League semifinals, Dest turns into the primary U.S. participant since 1990 to obtain two crimson playing cards in the identical calendar 12 months. He might be unavailable to play within the Nations League semifinals in March.
“He apologized to the group. He stated it is not going to occur once more,” Berhalter stated. “As a workforce, the gamers, the employees, we have to maintain him accountable as a result of it is inexcusable. It truly is. And we had been very agency with our phrases after the sport.
“He put quite a lot of guys in jeopardy, made quite a lot of guys do a variety of further work on this climate, and it is inexcusable.”
As Dest walked off the sector, he was taken to process by captain Tim Ream and wanted to be pushed off the sector by goalkeeper Matt Turner as he sauntered again towards the U.S. bench and into the locker room.
In a postgame interview for tv, Robinson known as Dest’s antics “a second of unprofessionalism.”
Berhalter was unwilling to take a position over whether or not Dest may obtain extra punishment for his actions.
“He is a younger participant. He is a improbable a part of this workforce,” Berhalter stated. “He’ll be taught. He’ll develop. He made a dumb mistake. He is aware of that. He apologized to the workforce, and we transfer ahead.”
The Copa America will function all 10 CONMEBOL groups together with six groups from Concacaf and might be hosted by the US. The event will start June 20 in Atlanta and conclude July 14 in Miami.